Sinfield: I'm really glad I took up union challenge


Rugby league legend Kevin Sinfield insists he has no regrets over a late-career switch to union, despite retiring just six months on from his debut for Yorkshire Carnegie.

An integral part of the Leeds Rhinos team that enjoyed consistent success for more than a decade, culminating in a treble-winning campaign in 2015, Sinfield crossed codes after collecting a seventh Grand Final ring at Old Trafford last October.

The veteran signed an 18-month deal with Carnegie, who also play at the Rhinos' Headingley ground, but announced in April that he would not play on beyond this season.

As a result, the second leg of Carnegie's Championship play-off semi-final on Sunday represented Sinfield's final professional outing, with opponents Doncaster progressing on aggregate.

Former Rhinos skipper Sinfield told BBC Radio Leeds: "I'm really glad I did it. It was something that was on my bucket list.

"It was something I felt I needed to do and if I'd not took the challenge on I would have regretted it for the rest of my life.

"I know I've only done six months instead of 18 but I just felt the timing was right and you don't want to push too far."

The Rhinos have struggled badly in 2016 and sit bottom of Super League following the departures of Sinfield and fellow stalwarts Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai. Leeds' Challenge Cup defence also came to an end on Friday when they were beaten by Huddersfield Giants for the second week in succession.